Sore Feet Including Plantar Fasciitis? Look To Your Calves Or Further Upstream!

Sore Feet Including Plantar Fasciitis? Look To Your Calves Or Further Upstream!

"Underneath tightness, lies weakness!" As we age, we frequently develop sore feet. I'm no exception, so I study this issue closely. We also develop tightness as we age, including tension in our calves. I think that these events are often causally related, based on personal experience, including sensations during a recent race. As I was plowing into the run at the OBX Half Ironman race, my feet became ... Read more

eBook By FitOldDog For Active Healthy Aging.

eBook By FitOldDog For Active Healthy Aging.

Dear Reader! We all age, but who says baby boomers can't enjoy active healthy aging? We all need motivation! We all benefit from inspiration. As an active, Ironman-distance triathlete, with aortic disease in the the form of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, with a Cook Zenith Stent Graft, I most certainly benefit from the inspiration of older athletes, some much older than I. We all have to overcome health ... Read more

For A Happy And Active Old Age, Find A Surgeon Who Listens (IF YOU CAN)

For A Happy And Active Old Age, Find A Surgeon Who Listens (IF YOU CAN)

Good day, today! I met a surgeon who actually listened to me, and this is important for someone wanting an active old age - you need to trust them, and how can you, if they don't listen. Some doctors don't pretend to listen. In fact, if you bring a friend or family member, they'll give them lots of attention, even if your companion doesn't have a clue about what's going on, while you sit there feeling like ... Read more

Reach Across The Generations To Stay Active Into Old Age

Reach Across The Generations To Stay Active Into Old Age

If you want to stay young and active into old age, stay in touch with the younger generation, and your inner child will thank you for it. Great weekend in Asheville, NC, as I managed to visit with my youngest son, Nigel, a dentist, and his son Nolan (5 years old), a bundle of energy. You can see Nolan on the front cover of one of the books in the side bar of this blog, the boy with loads of blond hair, holding my ... Read more

Of Onions, Oxidative Stress, And FitOldDog’s Love Of Cooking

Of Onions, Oxidative Stress, And FitOldDog's Love Of Cooking

We live in a sea of poison, known as oxygen, which leads to oxidative stress. Our cat, Cat, treats onions like poison. To each his poison, but for all of us, cats and non-cats, oxidative stress almost certainly contributes to the acceleration of aging, as stated in this article on oxidative stress in cats: "Oxidative stress (OS) impairs organic function and is considered causally related to cellular senescence and ... Read more

Don’t Fear Change And Choose Your Friends Wisely, If You Want To Handle Aging Well

Don't Fear Change And Choose Your Friends Wisely, If You Want To Handle Aging Well

For a life well lived don't fear change, and change your friends if necessary. Each phase of life comes and goes in a Gaussian curve kind of way, as I wrote in a previous blog post. Entering and leaving each phase involves some adaptation, making the absence of misoneism (fear of change) on your part a critical skill for continued happiness, especially as you age. The real trick is to keep your mind AND ... Read more

Prepare Well Ahead To Stay Active Into Old Age, Your Happiness Will Depend Upon It

Prepare Well Ahead To Stay Active Into Old Age, Your Happiness Will Depend Upon It

As the years go by, the more difficult it becomes to stay active into old age, but try you must. I think the reason I have done so well with my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft is, at least in part, due to my general level of fitness at the time the stent was installed, in 2010, and throughout the intervening years. Your body will deteriorate without exercise, and this affects every system, including your ... Read more

Body Awareness Training And The Art Of Stretching Into Your Later Years

Body Awareness Training And The Art Of Stretching Into Your Later Years

"Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plats are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail." From the Tao te Ching, Lao-tzu (about 300-400 BCE), translated by Steven ... Read more

Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.